Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Taphophile Tragics - Wm. Kyle
I don't have a barn to show you today and it's been so cold I just haven't felt inspired to go hunt for one. Being barn-less on a Tuesday leaves me free to try a new meme that I've been really wanting to try out. Taphophile Tragics. I love old cemeteries so this one is perfect for me. Now if only I can find old cemeteries with a barn! Since I probably won't come across many of those, I'll have to bounce back and forth, weekly or monthly, or whatever.
I took this picture while at Godwin Cemetery a few weeks back. Mostly I took it to show you the age of the tree. This Honeylocust is estimated to be over 200 years old and is listed on the The 2011 National Register of Big Trees .
"Measured in August 2010, the Fincastle (Botetourt County) honeylocust stands 121 feet tall - as tall as a 10-story building; 234 inches in circumference (74+ inches in diameter), and has an average crown spread of 114 feet. The tree, estimated to be more than 200 years old, stands in a cemetery adjacent to the Fincastle United Methodist Church. The tree was probably planted in front of the first wooden log church structure that was built on the site in 1804. Today, the trunk of the tree is growing into an old headstone."
The headstone belongs to William Kyle. The inscription reads "In memory of Wm. Kyle – January 9, 1809 – May 6, 1874"
Linking with Taphophile Tragics